The front block of the museum building dates back to 1887. It features an elegant neo-Palladian design, a European style of architecture characterised by a highly symmetrical façade and the use of pediments above windows.
Dikir Raya: A Dikir Barat Showcase
22 May 2021
Watch the award-winning group, Kelana Purba as they present on Dikir Barat, an intangible cultural heritage.
Hear as they touch on its brief history and the unique role each performer play before finishing off with Dikir Raya, a performance that is unique to Hari Raya.
The ImPECKable Rendang Workshop
22 May 2021
Rendang, a hearty festive dish made from chicken or beef that is simmered in coconut milk and spices till tender is synonymous to Hari Raya.
Join celebrity chef Charlie Tham to watch how to recreate the Chicken Rendang for individuals for both normal individuals and those who have swallowing difficulties. Participants will also learn how to prepare Chicken Rendang from scratch for the upcoming festive favourite in this workshop for their loved ones at home.
Download your Rendang Recipe by Chef Carlie here.
15 May 2021
While kueh holds an irreplaceable role in Singapore’s food heritage, the food texture of certain types of kueh may not be suitable for all, particularly the elderly and dysphagic patients.
In this special workshop by GentleFoods, find out more about the history of kueh and the importance of food textures for those who have swallowing difficulties.
My Kueh Story - A Story of Love that began with Kueh
15 May 2021
What started as a daughter’s wish to give a meaningful gift for her mother’s 70th birthday has turned Gladys Foo, a self-taught cook and bubbly mother of two into a business owner running a successful home-business, Kuehdys Foo, earning mentions on local lifestyle blogs and The Sunday Times.
She recounts her memories of learning how to make these traditional treats through trials of family recipes and research on cookbooks and food websites. Don’t miss her food demonstration on ang ku kueh, the kueh that started it all!
Lunar New Year Celebrations: Lion Dance Performance
13 February 2021
Enjoy this energetic and high-spirited presentation from the comforts of home the lions dance to the beat of the drums and cymbals.
Encounters with History
8 & 9 August
Join our docents and volunteers from Migrant x Me in this special presentation as they share insights and stories on a selection of artefacts.
Migrant Workers Special (Bengali)
Migrant Workers Special (Hindi)
Migrant Workers Special (Mandarin)
General Public Tour (English)
General Public Tour (Mandarin)
Celebrating Hari Raya with Chef Bob!
Catch the video at the National Museum of Singapore's Facebook page here!
Join celebrity chef Sharizal Salleh, better known as Chef Bob, as he shares his unique rendang recipe, and recounts his memories of celebrating Hari Raya growing up and how his family rings in the festive day. Participate in the quiz at the end of the video and the first 40 correct answers will receive his delicious rendang* sent right to your doorstep!
[BENTO FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]
Photo courtesy of Chef Bob, for illustration purposes only.
A Storyteller's Deepavali – Storytelling by MoonShadow Stories by Kamini Ramachandran
Video will be available on 7 November below or on the NMS YouTube Channel
Come listen to acclaimed storyteller Kamini Ramachandran as she tells her very own story of celebrating Deepavali with family and friends. Why are items like fresh flowers and practices like lighting oil lamps important to the festival? Who is Hanuman and how is the Ramayana story related to Deepavali?
Get ready to find out more and be mesmerised by this personal and local tale about the Festival of Lights!
A Tradition in Making Zongzi (Dumplings) With Chef Shih
Join Chef Shih from Palate Sensations as she demonstrates the making and art of wrapping bak zhang (dumplings), which are usually eaten during Duan Wu Jie. The first 20 viewers who provide all correct answers to the quiz at the end will win a set of 3 zhangs* (Hokkien, Nyonya, and Kee with gula melaka dip) delivered fresh to their homes.
[DUMPLINGS FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]
*Items contain no pork or lard. Limited to 1 set per address. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.
Photo taken from Palate Sensations website for illustration purposes only.
A Love for Kueh: Preserving Teochew Delights with Yoon’s Traditional Teochew Kueh
Sat, 27 Jun
Yoon’s Traditional Teochew Kueh was started by a mother-daughter duo who endeavour to preserve Teochew delights. In this talk, learn how tiam tor (traditional sweet kueh) is made, starting with an introduction on kueh heritage to making the filling, cooking the skin, “kupping” techniques and steaming. The first 40 viewers to submit all correct answers to a quiz at the end will receive a doorstep delivery of a special goodie bag* containing 5 pieces of tiam tor, 1 traditional kueh mould and a recipe sheet!
[KUEH FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]
*Items contain no pork or lard and will be made fresh on delivery day. Limited to 1 goodie bag per address. Kueh is best consumed within 2 hours of delivery. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.
Photo courtesy of Yoon’s Kueh.
Growing Up with Briyani: Geylang Briyani Stall through three generations
Established in 1964, Geylang Briyani Stall has been serving authentic chicken and mutton briyani at the iconic Geylang Serai market. Started by Mr Hamid, this stall spans over three generations and is now run by his grandson, 31-year-old Hannan, who has chosen to continue the family business over a career in mechatronics. Hear their stories as they share their experiences of running and maintaining this business legacy and just what makes their briyani so well loved by locals. Participate in a quiz and the first 40 viewers with all correct answers will get to taste this delicacy* right at home!
[BRIYANI FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation!]
*Food will be made fresh on delivery day, limited to 1 pack per address. Best consumed within 2 hours of delivery. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.
Photo taken from Geylang Briyani website, for illustration purposes only.
Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.
Join us for a series of the Picturing The Pandemic programmes, in complementary to your visit around the exhibition.
Join us for a series of Home, Truly programmes to relieve nostalgic moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people.
Made possible by people from all walks of life in Singapore, this exhibition tells the story of how people are coming together to respond and live through this local and global crisis, through photographs, short film and donated artefacts on view.
Mark your calendars with these dates and bring the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents alike, to discover Singapore’s rich history together!